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Default Why net neutrality supporters are cringing at the AT&T-Time Warner merger

https://www.cnet.com/news/why-net-ne...warner-merger/

Historians may look back on this week as a turning point in the evolution of the internet.

First came the end of net neutrality rules, which were officially taken off the books on Monday. These rules of the road ensured that broadband and wireless providers couldn't act as gatekeepers picking and choosing who succeeds on the internet and who doesn't.

Then came a federal judge's decision to allow AT&T, one of the largest broadband and wireless providers in the country, and Time Warner, a major media company, to merge without any conditions. The deal officially closed on Thursday.
The judge's ruling immediately prompted Comcast to bid $65 billion for 21st Century Fox's film and TV studios. The deal, which was announced a day after AT&T's victory in court, is an attempt to pry Fox's marquee franchises like X-Men and Deadpool; along with animated films like Ice Age; and TV assets, such as The Simpsons, from Disney, which had already offered $52.4 billion for the assets.
That's just the start of what's expected to be a cascade of deals between broadband and media companies, both of which are anxious that they aren't powerful enough to compete against the likes of Facebook and Google. While consumer advocates have long feared this scenario of greater consolidation, they're downright apoplectic that it's happening without any restrictions to protect people and innovators.

"Merging AT&T, one of the largest cable, satellite and mobile broadband companies, with Time Warner will lead to higher prices, fewer choices and perhaps more importantly, fewer voices," Gigi Sohn, an adviser to former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said. "Coupled with the demise of the 2015 net neutrality rules, AT&T will be free to favor Time Warner content over its cable and its fixed and mobile broadband networks."
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Oh the horror of allowing competitors for Facebook and Google, both champions of the Left through censorship. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg fawned over Obama and installed Left wing activist organizations such as the SPLC as content censors. Google admits to engineering its search engine to suppress or exclude results that don't support its Left wing political leanings. Surely it's the role of Federal bureaucrats to suppress any completion to the current hegemony using contrivances like net neutrality.
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